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Political donations data out: political donations up by 120 per cent

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 3 Feb 2014

MEDIA RELEASE
3 February 2014

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said 2012-13 electoral funding data released today by the Australian Electoral Commission today reveals that political donations in the year before the 2013 federal election hit a record $30 million with Labor and the Coalition parties sharing the bulk of that money coming in with over $13 million each.

The Australian Greens have completed preliminary analysis of new data released today by the Australian Electoral Commission for 2012/2013.

This data does not include all the election donations. The bulk of donations made for the 2013 federal election will have been received between 1 July 2013 and election day 7 September 2013 and will not be publicly released until 1 February 2015.

"It is outrageous that the public will not know how much money people like Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer spent on election campaigning until February 2015," Senator Rhiannon said.

"The new AEC data shows a damaging donations culture continues, with $27.37 million dollars flowing to the federal divisions of Labor and Coalition parties in the last financial year.

"Political donations to the major parties for 2012/2013 were up this year by more than 120 per cent from $12.34 million to $27.38 million.

"The Federal Coalition received $13.57 million in donations, with 33 per cent or $4.47 million in undisclosed donation details.

"The disclosure threshold is now $12,100 so the public have no way of finding out who made donations below that amount.

"Donations to the major parties increased by more than $15 million compared to this time last year.

"In 2012-2013 The Greens received $2.7 million in total.

"While donations do go up coming into an election this is a record increase and shows the worrying trend of corporations attempting to buy influence in Canberra", Senator Rhiannon said.

Senator Rhiannon's office will continue to analyse the AEC data throughout the day.

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